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Hi I'm Ryan

I'm a professor of Spanish American Poetry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I am a Spanish Professor, I consider myself to be a little of everything. I'm an avid reader, a backpacker and a musician. I build furniture, landscape and work on cars. Best of all, I'm a dad.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised a Mormon by my parents, I wanted to know for myself when I was 17 if everything they had taught me was true. I prayed to know if God really existed and was my Eternal Father, if Jesus really was the Christ, that He was perfect, atoned for my sins and was resurrected. I prayed to know if Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ, if he was called to restore Christ's church on the earth, if he really received the priesthood. I asked to know if there were prophets on the earth today. I prayed to know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon were the word of God. With each question came the same answer of peace from the Holy Ghost. I continue to be Mormon because I feel the Lord's hand direct me in my life, my family, my work and my day to day living.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve as the Bishop of a Spanish-speaking congregation. Although I oversee the organization and progress of the entire congregation, I work primarily with the youth, whether it is through the Scouting program or young women's activities.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

One thing I have noticed about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stance on not drinking coffee, tea, or alcohol is that it goes beyond a simple law of health. For me, it is also a freedom from addictions. When I observe my friends who can't function without a cup of coffee in the morning, or don't know how to socialize without drinking alcohol, I am grateful for the simple fact that I have no dependency upon any substance to live my life. Rather than restrict me, it gives me greater control over my own life and choices, allowing me to be a better father, husband, neighbor and colleague at work. Show more Show less